Earlier this month, while attending the Monsters University Event, I was given the opportunity to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum located in The Presidio in California. I was not aware of this museum until I received the invite for this trip, so I was excited to check it out. The Walt Disney Family Museum was founded by Walt’s daughter, Diane Disney Miller. It opened on October 1, 2009 and is currently run by the Walt Disney Family Foundation. It’s a beautiful building that is a 100-year-old former military barracks! There is a picturesque view from the back window of the museum. Just breathtaking:
I’m going to share some of the wonderful pictures from my tour as well as some interesting facts I learned during our visit. I won’t give away ALL the secrets as I highly encourage you all to visit the museum to get the FULL experience. I truly was amazed at how wonderful Walt Disney was. He was an AMAZING man. You would think I would know more about him since Disney World is practically in my back yard. I’m now proud to say I have learned about his amazing life and accomplishments and am happy to share them with you!
Above is a photo of our very informative tour guide. She was full of awesome Disney knowledge! This picture was taken in the lobby of the museum. The furniture is Walt’s actual furniture taken from the Disney family apartment!
The museum is broken into portions of Walt Disney’s life. You can check them out on the Walt Disney Family Museum Website below. Just click on the category to take a look:
- New Horizons
- The Move to Features
- New Success & Greater Ambitions
- The Late ’30s to Mid ’40s
- Post-war Rebuilding
- Walt and the Natural World
- The 1950s & 1960s
- Remembering Walt Disney
The quote above (from Walt) is on the wall of the museum and it really stood out to me. Knowing all of the struggles that Walt went through when he first started out really makes me love this talented man even more. He persevered through so many obstacles and let-downs. He never gave up and now look at the empire he has built! During the 1930’s & 1930’s Walt had many struggles. His parents passed away. There was a studio strike. Then, the war began and Disney Studios was used by the Military as a Military Base.
One of my favorite things about the museum is all of the original drawings and artwork that was kept and displayed. Walt and his staff was so talented.
I think the most touching part of the museum….yes I actually teared up….was toward the end when Walt unexpectedly passed away. I think the pic below says it all:
Walt was a husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. I hope many of you get the chance to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum. It has a wealth of knowledge & history!
Current admission price is $20/Adult, $12/Child, and $15/Senior or Student. Street parking is available at no cost. Check the website for special events going on throughout the year!
Disclosure: All trip expenses were paid for and covered by Disney. No other compensation was received and opinions stated are 100% MINE!